An Ounce of Prevention

Confidence in troubled times is part of Karen Dry’s plan for each of her clients.

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    Laura L. Watts
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    Shane O’Donnell

It was the 2009 recession that caused Karen Dry to rethink her future. The economic downturn had a detrimental impact on Karen as a business owner, and she found herself in the position of needing to quickly pivot and rebuild her career. Desiring to help herself and others better prepare for unexpected circumstances down the road, she decided that becoming a financial advisor was the perfect next step.

“I wanted to make a positive impact on people’s lives in a way that aligns with my belief system: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” she says. “Planning for the worst and hoping for the best is important. This industry allows me to work with clients regardless of their income level and guide them on the journey of financial security.”

Fast-forward to the current pandemic and resulting economic recession, and Karen’s career choice all those years ago has paid off. “Knowing so many of my clients were able to weather the storm of 2020 with confidence and financial security lets me sleep at night,” she shares.

She’s proud that she taught her grown children to be independent and financially secure. In fact, her daughter Nicole Scher recently joined Karen’s practice as a financial advisor. “I’ve raised my kids to be successful, and that’s important. You should work with an advisor who practices what they preach.”

Karen enjoys spending time with her life partner, Troy, her kids and her Labrador puppies. You might see her driving around town in Cruella—a classic 1956 convertible Corvette that is her pride and joy. Behind the scenes, Karen is busy supporting women’s and children’s charities, Habitat for Humanity, and of course her clients and their long-term success.

Karen Dry |  Northwestern Mutual
21800 Oxnard St., Suite 800 Woodland Hills  |  818-610-7094  |